High magistrates say Erap can stay as Manila mayor


THE Supreme Court did not halt Manila Mayor-elect Joseph Estrada from assuming the post on June 30, after a disqualification was filed against him and was seconded by his defeated opponent outgoing Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

In the regular en banc session of the High Court on Tuesday, it did not issue a temporary restraining order, which would disqualify Estrada.

Instead, Estrada and Comelec were ordered to lodge their comment within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt thereof on the petition for intervention filed by Lim.

Lim seconded the petition filed by Atty. Alicia Risos-Vidal who questioned before the Court the Comelec ruling junking her disqualification case against Estrada, a convicted plunderer.

She said that the Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion and should be reversed by the Court.

Vidal argued that Estrada’s conviction for plunder had rendered him disqualified to seek another public office.

It was pointed out that the pardon granted to him by former-President Gloria Arroyo did not restore his right to seek or hold public office.

Estrada was proclaimed by the Manila Board of Canvassers along with his partner Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.

Estrada won the May 2013 mayoralty race by leading against incumbent Lim with more than 30,000 votes.


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